[Video] BMW offers first official details about 2018 M5 image

The German automaker is embracing the trend of presenting a model in advance of its actual reveal in camouflaged prototype form for the all-new M5, but more importantly also brings first official details.

The automaker is now highlighting its latest iteration of the M5 high-performance limousine by emphasizing the new M xDrive system, a technology that has been created to allow the M5 to go for either all- or rear-wheel drive, as per the driver’s request. When the M5 is fired up, the standard setting is a rear-biased all-wheel drive, with the M Dynamic Mode putting the drivetrain in what the company calls “4WD Sport,” which means the car is even more rear-happy. Turning off the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) off will give even more options – 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD when the power is only routed towards the rear wheels. This is in fact very similar to what Mercedes-AMG has on the new E63.

[Video] BMW offers first official details about 2018 M5 18

BMW also announced it will be premiering a new variant of the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 used in the M550i xDrive – though no performance figures have been released just yet. The rumor mill talks about 600 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and a 0-62 miles per hour sprint in under 3.5 seconds. The company only said the new M5’s engine “outperforms its predecessor in terms of power output and torque,” also using an eight-speed automatic transmission, as seen in the M550i.